Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. WeContinue reading “In Their Own Words”
This week’s essay is about the grandfather turtle.
We often seek strong leaders. It seems that during much of my memory, and maybe our country’s history we have admired and sought leaders that were “strong.” Though sometimes I think we have the wrong perception of what strength is. At some point we shifted from looking to strong leaders to strongmen as leaders. ThisContinue reading “The Courage to Compromise”
Our lives are in the soil. Mycorrhizal networks in the soil exist throughout the earth—from arctic to tropical biomes and running through the soil of the grasslands and tundra. This forms a nearly contiguous network very similar to the neural network of connections within the human brain. Stanley Kubrick’s character from 2001: A Space Odyssey,Continue reading “My God It’s Full of Stars”
It’s so easy. It’s so easy to feel bad. It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves. I’ve certainly been in that place many days the past few months. And when I think globally there is much over which we can fret and literally millions of people to worry about. It seems that there alwaysContinue reading “Finding Your Thanks”
“At its principled best, conservatism holds that liberal ends—the right of the individual to enjoy the maximum degree of freedom compatible with the right of his neighbor to do the same—are best secured by conservative means.” – Bret Stephens, New York Times, 11/2/20 Let’s examine that statement and ideal through this lens MLK’s vision ofContinue reading “Principled Conservatism”
I live in a country in which half of the people choose a president and party that promotes and then enacts policies that are overtly racists, cause harm to people, and enrich a few at the expense of many. I know that half would argue they are trying to create conditions in which all couldContinue reading “The World I Live In”
The unprecedented times of the new normal. Two terms or phrases I could happily do without. I mean, enough already. However, we cannot deny that we face a new normal and many of our institutions will never be the same. I’m confident that my field of education will never be the same. In many waysContinue reading “Connecting Dots of a New Normal”
Today’s essay is short one about the timber wolf. If you like these posts consider sharing via social media of your choice and subscribing to the blog or joining my email list. You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel as an option.
The old man dog in the house decided he needed an early start today. Apparently he had a lot to do today. With a grumble and an expletive I fed him, checked email while he ate, and took for a pre-dawn walk. It did allow me to see a beautiful early morning sky. Just belowContinue reading “Can We Do This?”